November 5, 2009 – 2:57 pm

At the end of 2006, the Bee Gees finally reissued their first three albums as deluxe expanded editions with mono, stereo versions and numerous outtakes. All that digging in the vaults must have produced this set of still unreleased songs.

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Outtakes 1967-1974 [no label, 1CD]

Sessions, demos, outtakes in perfect soundboard stereo/mono quality. Excellent.

Sibling rivalry got the better of the Gibbs when in 1969, the trio finally called it quits with Robin, at the time the group’s main singer, walking off in a huff that his song Lamplight was shafted to the b-side of their new single in favor of Barry’s First Of May.

But while lawsuits were flying, the group wasted no time recording new songs, Robin by himself and Barry with Maurice. This period was largely productive creating many songs that remain unreleased. Finally when the feud was over and Robin returned to the Bee Gees late in 1970, there was a very creative atmosphere. Songs flowed and turned into albums like 2 Years On (1970) and Trafalgar (1971).

This collection of outtakes covers mainly the years 1970 and 1971 with a couple of stray tracks. All of these originate from the IBC Studio in London where the brothers recorded. Here is a brief look at what’s on this collection.

1 Irresponsible, Unreliable, Indispensible Blues
2 Merrily Merry Eyes [1970]
3 If I Were The Sky
4 Ellan Vannin (original harmony version, 1971)

Tks 1-4 recorded IBC Studios, London 1970-1971. All Trafalger outtakes.

Tk 4 is often mistaken for the name of a female. Ellan Vannin is Manx Gaelic for Isle Of Man where the Gibbs were born before moving to Manchester. This is the original harmony version and is an ode to their childhood days growing up on the island.

And in all my times of sorrow
And on some lonely shore
I’ll go back to Ellan Vannin
To my childhood days once more

In 1997, with Robin handling lead vocals, the song was recorded and released as a 1,000 quantity limited edition single for Isle of Man charities. This song is not to be mistaken for The Spinners’ Ellan Vannin which is about the tragedy of the steamer of the same name that sunk in a storm in 1909 losing all life on board.

5 Sir Geoffrey Saved The World - mono
6 Barker Of The UFO - mono

Tk 5 is the b-side of 1967’s World single. Tk 6 is the b-side of 1967’s Massachusetts. The above are rare mono versions. Both were recorded during the Horizontal album sessions in 1967. Stereo versions on Tales of The Gibb Brothers boxset.

7 Such A Shame
This track is from the 1968 UK Idea album, sung by Bee Gees guitarist Vince Melouney. This song does not appear on the U.S. edition of Idea.

8 We Can Lift A Mountain
Outtake, unreleased demo from London 1970. The brothers wrote songs for two films that would never be released. “I Can Lift A Mountain”, “Four Faces West” and “Treacle Brown” for the film “Pippi Longstocking” in 1968 while recording Idea. But later in 1970, they rerecorded the song as We Can Lift A Mountain but it was left off the Two Years On album in 1970.

9 Engines And Aeroplanes
Outtake from Robin’s unreleased album Sing Slowly Sisters 1970

10 Ring My Bell mono version
Outtake from Horizontal 1967

11 One Million Years
Unreleased true stereo mix.

“Robin was still making separate mono mixes, so the mono mix, or electronically channelled versions of it, appeared on a few collections until 1974 when a true stereo mix was made for Gotta Get a Message to You. That mix has a different or partially different lead vocal, most easily distinguished in the second verse with ‘I shall stand’ in mono but ‘I will stand’ in stereo.”

12 Jumbo (instrumental)
Jumbo was recorded during the Idea album sessions in 1968. The version on Tales Of The Gibb Brothers boxset has the full works - vocals, lead guitar; it is a different version, also no count in at the beginning.

13 Nobody’s Someone
Unreleased early mix.

14 Don’t Forget My Ida
Outtake from Two Years On 1970

15 God’s Good Grace
Outtake from Trafalger 1971

16 End Of My Song
17 Who Knows What A Room Is
18  Everytime I See You Smile
19 Give A Hand, Take A Hand

Tks 16-19 Cucumber Castle outtakes 1969
Cucumber Castle was recorded without Robin. Tk 19 (unreleased version) is an alternate take of the song found on Mr Natural 1974.

More info about the Bee Gees’ sessions at IBC can be found here

Of all the groups from the ’60s, the Bee Gees can probably claim to be the most prolific. This compilation is just the tip of their unreleased material from that famed era. It displays a different time for pop music when lyrics and melody triumphed over attitude. Hard work never did anybody harm. We’ve never heard these outtakes in such great quality before.

And a big thank you to Philip Cohen for his feedback and comments.
- Professor Red

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are very high quality MP3s - sample rate of 320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Irresponsible, Unreliable, Indispensible Blues (4.9MB)
Track 02. Merrily Merry Eyes (8.2MB)
Track 03. If I Were The Sky (6.1MB)
Track 04. Ellan Vannin (original harmony version, 1971) (3.9MB)
Track 05. Sir Geoffrey Saved The World (mono) (5.0MB)
Track 06. Barker Of The UFO (mono) (4.5MB)
7. Such A Shame [found on the UK edition of Idea] [omitted]
Track 08. We Can Lift A Mountain (6.8MB)
Track 09. Engines And Aeroplanes (5.6MB)
Track 10. Ring My Bell (mono) (5.1MB)
Track 11. One Million Years (unreleased true stereo mix) (9.8MB)
Track 12. Jumbo - instrumental (5.6MB)
Track 13. Nobody’s Someone (unreleased early mix) (7.6MB)
Track 14. Don’t Forget My Ida (8.6MB)
Track 15. God’s Good Grace (7.7MB)
Track 16. End Of My Song - recorded October 15, 1969 (8.5MB)
Track 17. Who Knows What A Room Is (9.4MB)
Track 18.  Everytime I See You Smile - recorded July 1969 (6.6MB)
Track 19. Give A Hand, Take A Hand (unreleased version) (8.6MB)

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  1. 21 Responses to “OUTTAKES OF THE GIBB BROTHERS”

  2. Dear Big O,
    I was very surprised to see this appear on Big O. It originates on a cassette that (now ex-Polygram compiler) Bill Levenson made for me in 1988 to thank me for my small consulting role in the Polydor 4-CD box set “Tales From The Brothers Gibb”(I was thanked in the liner notes booklet). I copied the cassette(enhancing with the 3-band digital equaliser in a Sony TAE 1000ES preamplifier) to DAT, then to CD-R, giving it the title “Outtakes 1967-74″, and dubbing it for perhaps 6 fans, some of whom obviously recopied it. Due to the magic of digital copying, you now have it. Along the way,somebody created artwork for it. By the way, there was no need to omit “One Million Years” or “Nobody’s Someone”. “One Million Years” is an unreleased true stereo mix of a track otherwise available only in mono or fake stereo. And “Nobody’s Someone” is an early mix, lacking certain instrumental overdubs heard in Rhino’s officially released mix. And while “Such a Shame” IS the same stereo mix now available officially, the version present on “Outtakes 1967-74″ has about 2 seconds of studio chat at the start.

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 5, 2009

  3. Hello Philip
    Appreciate you taking time to write in. Thanks to your comments, have reinstated the two tracks. I’m sure all of us Bee Gees fans are grateful and thankful for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 5, 2009

  4. Great collection here! I think The Bee Gees were one of the most underappreciated bands of the 60’s. They were not given serious consideration, as they were somehow cast as a pop group. Maybe they were. But, what’s wrong with that? Such a shame that “Such A Shame” was omitted here.
    Thanx for this!!!

    By Timmy on Nov 5, 2009

  5. Timmy, it’s no problem that “Such a Shame” isn’t included. The track is available officially on Rhino’s 2-CD set of “Idea”, and furthermore the songwriting & lead vocal are by Vince Melouney. The recording is by Vince,Colin & Maurice.
    Barry & Robin Gibb don’t participate in the recording.

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 6, 2009

  6. Thanks, as so often, to BigO, and this time also special thanks to Philip Cohen (see 1st post) for the valuable information and for enabling BigO to put those other two tracks in

    Greetings, Tom in Germany

    By Tom on Nov 6, 2009

  7. I was just sent this link by another BG fan. For what it is worth I can say it wasn’t me.

    By Ronnie on Nov 6, 2009

  8. Ah, yes, I did dub the material for a collector in Sweden last year.

    By Philip Cohen on Nov 6, 2009

  9. Thanks for sharing this rare gem

    By Matt on Nov 12, 2009

  10. The Bee Gees stuff sounds great at the 320 kbps bit rate. Wish you could do more posts at this better quality level. Love it!

    By Texas Tom on Nov 16, 2009

  11. Many thanks to the BigO guys and Philip Cohen. A very big thumbs up from Oz & Essex.


    By Steve on Nov 20, 2009

  12. Is it true Maurice sang lead vocal on “Everytime I see you smile”.If its true he sounds scaringly similar to Barry.

    By pat on Dec 4, 2009

  13. thank you for this great post
    at last i can hear some of the songs in high quality

    By meir on Jan 17, 2010

  14. Love the quality on the tracks! Any more Sing Slowly?

    By Colin on Jun 12, 2010

  15. Thank you very much to brothers GIBB, to create these beautiful songs, to give the perfect harmony us in the color of all voices….thanks to who has decided to place them here.
    Muchas gracias a los hermanos GIBB, por crear estas hermosas canciones, por darnos la armonía perfecta en el color de todas sus voces…gracias a quien ha decidido colocarlas aquí.

    By TurBARRYsa on Jul 8, 2010

  16. Thanks for this post. Sound quality is terrific.

    By JohnnyB on Nov 5, 2011

  17. The Songs as far as i remember were already known by Some of the Bee Gees fans in the Late Seventees Early Eighties , Myself i was lucky to have worked on the Biography by david leaf in 1979 and so a lot of the music arose But not on any bootlegs until the CDs were there somewhere in the 90s.

    By Fred.Kaarls on Dec 11, 2012

  18. Sandoval notes in his book that the mix of “Nobody’s Someone” as found here is the one they did during mixing sessions on the 6th and 7th of June 1972. So, not an “early mix”.

    By Ronnie on Feb 24, 2013

  19. Just wondering whether this album can be reposted. Thanks….

    By Lonnie on Aug 14, 2013

  20. Oops …didn’t see the links at the bottom of the page :)

    By Lonnie on Aug 14, 2013

  21. Great songs. I’ve heard several of them before, but “Engines & Aeroplanes”, “Ring My Bell” were a couple of new ones I’ve never heard. “God’s Good Grace” is missing. Please put it back in. Thanks

    By Bruce Reid on Sep 12, 2015

  22. Hello friends,

    My name is Reinhard; born (already!!!) in 1955 (August 02th - yeah; i know…!!!), i come from Germany (Ex-East!) and i “found” you; because i was - as a Fan - looking for Bee-Gees “First-Years”-Outtakes…

    I Have two - or three - Questions: Can You send me THIS Album (for CD) and the 2th (sooo much more important!!!): have You already - or can you make - a “COMPLETE ALBUM-OUTTAKE-COLLECTION” from 1967 - to (maybe) 1974 (Mr. Natural”)?!?!?! I think, that You have - or you can “get” all the songs - so you can release this “project” (i think,i’m not the first one, who wants to get this Bootleg…!!!) -

    I’ve found so much outtakes from the first Albums (also on CD; but heyr only 14!; from TRAFALGAR or CUCUMBER CASTLE) - but NOT from ODESSA, TWO YEARS ON - not with the Titel! I think, theyr will be ca. 50 Songs - for 3 CD (one with ca 20 Tracks.

    Can You send me a List with ALL the Songs, that i know this - or - much better - like i’ve written - this CD-Collection.

    I hope - and will be glad for a “good” answer - you can make me a “little” present for my birthday; then i will be happy…!!!

    Best Wishes

    Your Fan Reinhard
    from Stollberg/Erzgebirge - near Chemnitz (30 min with car - or Dresden (two ours)

    By Boettger Reinhard on Jul 31, 2016

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